Reviews

Southern Jazz

“It’s too much dixieland to be called swing and too much swing to be called dixieland!”

Southern Jazz’s, “There’s No Place Like Home”

“This one is a humdinger … a robust mixture of Dixieland, jazz and swing. At times, rich sounds warmly caress timeless melodies with instinctive style and grace. At other times, the recording is boisterous, brash, and bright. In short, this CD buoys up your spirits with exhilarating and enthusiastic arrangements.

The good doctor and his musical compatriots jump on the opening cut, a rousing rendition of “Sweet Georgia Brown” providing the listener with a sense of spontaneous joy. Each subsequent track is irresistible madcap acoustic jazz.”

Bob Mitchell

Southern Jazz’s, “There’s No Place Like Home”

“They are a fine group which primarily embraces a Dixieland idiom but also very capably handles Chicago jazz, K.C. jazz, and even some BeBop!”

Dave Wheeler

Southern Jazz’s, “Swinging In Paducah”

“…Paducah may not be New Orleans, but don’t tell these guys; they rollick and romp in the old way, hot horns and happy times. And it isn’t mechanical, like some: they mean it, with passion you can feel.”

John Barret, Jr.

Southern Jazz’s, “There’s No Place Like Home”

“This is like Mayberry revisited, with a jazz soundtrack playing in the background. Good clean fun for the whole family, something that seems hard to find in the media cesspool these days.”

muzikman.com

Southern Jazz’s, “There’s No Place Like Home”

“…this collection of Paducah, Kentucky musicians was showing us the jazz version of the Jimmy Stewart film, It’s A Wonderful Life. Clarinetist Dr. Ted Borodofsky, a practicing ophthalmologist, weaves sweet lines around the strong trumpet of Jerry Ford (the consultant, not the ex-president), while bass trombonist, Ray Cissell, supplies the heart and soul of the band. For the cynic, professional and amateur alike, there’s no argument that this music played with sincerity and love is the essence of jazz.”

Mark Corroto of allaboutjazz.com

Southern Jazz’s, “There’s No Place Like Home”

“Southern Jazz kicks off this recording with a rollicking version of “Sweet Georgia Brown”. Displaying how well they work together as an ensemble in the tradition of the Dixieland style of Jazz, Dr. Ted Borodofsky and the rest of the band trade solos. Brief in nature but an example of the skills these guys possess. No fooling around here. A great opener, full of fun and vigor.
…A traditional New Orleans Second line type beat showcases, “You Are My Sunshine”. Thoroughly enjoyable. The band really gels here. Ted leads the rest of the group through fun and a sense of adventure.
This is the band’s second recording. I would imagine that seeing them live would entail moving the chairs and tables out of the way, and letting the good times begin. This is a band that plays standards true to form. Tasteful arrangements and a well chosen selection of music make this recording appealing to a wide audience.”

Randy McElligott

Southern Jazz’s, “There’s No Place Like Home”

“For those who enjoy Dixieland Jazz, this is a wonderful new release, one that will really grab you and give you a healthy jolt of happy jazz sounds! …This is a CD of love, and each musician is a perfect craftsman with perfect performance!
…Homer Pruitt is one fine pianist at his best, listen carefully to his performances on this CD.
Dr. Borodofsky is one of the great jazz clarinet players performing today.
…The band is perfect, and so is the CD. “There’s No Place Like Home” is one of the finest Dixieland Jazz CDs to come along in the past few years. Excellent!”

Lee Prosser of Jazzreview.com

Theres No Place Like Home by Southern Jazz featuring Ted Borodofsky

“…For those who enjoy Dixieland jazz, this is a wonderful new release, one that will really grab you and give you a healthy jolt of happy jazz sounds! Dr. Ted Borodofsky on clarinet is a man who knows his instrument, and he shares the joy of the sounds it gives with the listeners, aided by an excellent band of performers.”
“…This is a 14 selection CD, and the listener gets his or her money’s worth with it! Such selections as “Sweet Georgia Borwn,” “Bye Bye Blackbird,” “Margie,” George Gershwin’s “Oh, Lady Be Good,” “Tin Roof Blues,” “You Are My Sunshine,” among others are heard, along with a remarkable version of “Up A Lazy River.”
“…Borodofsky is one of the great jazz clarinet players performing today!”

Southern Jazz’s, “Swingin’ in Paducah”

“… Let me assure you right away that there is nothing amateurish about their playing. Each and every member of this band from Paducah, Kentucky, plays on a high professional level.
…It’s too much dixieland to be called swing and too much swing to be called dixieland!
…If you like this kind of in between music, as it was played by a lot of swing musicians at the time when the war between the traditionalists and the modern guys had made swing music obsolete for a while, you sure will love these CDs of Southern Jazz. One thing is sure, the music swings all the time.…”

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